The Imagine Sisters Movement

http://imaginesisters.org/onerose/

Last week, while catching up on the plethora of blogs I attempt to read, I kept coming across this little gem. We, as a Church, need to do a better job at promoting religious vocations. I think the Church is doing a better job than they did when I was younger, but they are only focused on priest vocations. Granted we do have a shortage of priests, but that does not diminish our need for sisters. I never hear anything about opportunities for young women who are discerning whether or not to become a nun, cloistered or otherwise.  Who knows where I might be today if I had.  I’m thankful that God chose a different vocation for me, and I thank God for all those wonderful ladies who have answered His call.

O God, Father of all Mercies,
Provider of a bountiful Harvest,

send Your Graces upon those
You have called to gather the fruits of Your labor;
preserve and strengthen them in their lifelong service of you.

Open the hearts of Your children
that they may discern Your Holy Will;
inspire in them a love and desire to surrender themselves
to serving others in the name of Your son, Jesus Christ.

Teach all Your faithful to follow their respective paths in life
guided by Your Divine Word and Truth.
Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary,
all the Angels, and Saints, humbly hear our prayers
and grant Your Church’s needs, through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

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I have been in a bit of a funk the last few weeks, and I’ve had little desire to do much of anything other than sit around and do less than nothing. *le sigh*  Hopefully, I can kick this feeling very soon. There are too many things that I have to get done and a very limited time to do it in.

Thursday, October 11 begins the “Year of Faith.”  It is also the day that the weekly Bible Study that I am facilitating will begin. While I am very excited to finally get this going (I’ve been talking about doing this for a year now), I am extremely nervous and  having second thoughts.  It’s one thing for me to help out in the RCIA class or the apologetics course that I’ve been going to, but it’s a whole other ballgame to actually start present the information by myself.

Busy Busy Busy

Life has been a bit hectic over here, much of it due to my favourite pastime – procrastination.  School started up last week for my little girl. It’s hard to believe that she’s in Pre-K now. Wasn’t she just born a few months ago??  Sheesh.

Sasha heading off to Pre-K

MOPS is getting ready to start up again and I’ve been working on a few projects for our first meeting. I still have a bit more to do before Wednesday of this week.  MUST. STOP. PROCRASTINATING.  Heh, but that’s really what I’m kind of doing right now while typing this.

The past two Sundays before Mass I’ve been attending an Into to Apologetics workshop at my parish. It’s been really good and I’m glad that I have been able to add some supplemental information from all the studying I’ve been doing these past three years. We have two more weeks of this workshop and then the RCIA program will get started up again. I’m so looking forward to that! I was asked last year if I could eventually help the instructor teach the course and possibly do an intro course in the next year or so for those entering the Church from either a non-religious or non-Christian background. It is always inspiring to see new people come into the Church as well as those who are returning!

And I’m also one step closer to getting an evening Bible Study group started.  I’m super excited about this project. I’ve been asked by several young mums as well as those in last year’s RCIA class to get a Bible Study going at the parish. I didn’t even know until a few weeks ago that there is one on Friday morning, and no one I’ve talked to at the parish (except the office secretary) knew that it existed.  I just need to finish crossing all my t’s and dotting all my i’s and then it will be up and running.

Okay, enough procrastinating.  Have a blessed day!!

Discerning My Lay Vocation

I’ve always been fascinated with religion. What people believe, why they believe it, how and where they worship, etc. Perhaps this is why I found myself studying and receiving a degree in Anthropology while in university. I was a few classes shy of having my emphasis be Cultural Anthropology (studying living humans and their culture), but ultimately my emphasis was in Archaeology (studying dead humans and their culture). Why archaeology? Because I have a love of history (hence my minor) and I tend to enjoy the company of the dead to the living. Okay, that’s a bit of an exaggeration, but only just.

I had hoped to continue on with my education and receive my Ph.D in Archaeology and teach at the University level, but life happened. I married right before my last year at university. A few years later I was divorced and had that marriage annulled – more on that later. Shortly after that I moved to Tallahassee, Florida in the hopes of enrolling at FSU to work on my Masters. The school that I really wanted to attend was too close to my ex and yeah more on that later. Unfortunately I didn’t have a job that paid enough for me to even be able to afford my modest apartment. (Thank-you Mom and Dad for helping me make ends meet!!  I love you guys!!)

While living in Florida my best friend asked me to marry him and of course I said “Yes!!!” (Once again, that is a story for another time) Shortly after we were engaged he accepted a job with Boeing and we moved to the other side of the country a week after we were wed. We’ve been here for six wonderful years and we’ve been blessed with two very rambunctious children.

The dream of going back to school has not died. If money were no obstacle I would be working towards earning a Masters in Theology. Since money is an obstacle I am trying to educate myself by reading books on theology, writings by the early Church fathers, etc.

My love of learning has never lapsed nor has my fascination with religion. During the past four years, I have come to an increased understanding, appreciation, a great love for God, Christ and the Church He established. Last year I told my husband that it was a good thing that I knew I was called to married life because my love and faith is so great that I would, if single, “run off and join a convent.”

I know that I’m called to do something more. What I’m still not exactly sure. So here I sit trying to figure it all out. It is on my heart to go back to school; I also feel a need to write – hence why I am here blogging on this bloggity blog blog. However, I don’t know if I’m to work on a novel, a Bible Study, apologetics, a piece of non-fiction, or just this blog.

Until the time that either A.) I figure it out and/or B.) it becomes financially feasible for me to return to school….I’ll be here.